More Than Half Of US Adults With Mental Illness Not Being Treated

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Out of the 40 million Americans with a mental illness such as anxiety or depression, a new report shows that nearly half of them who are adults are not receiving treatment.

The report originated from Mental Health America (MHA), a nonprofit mental health organization which releases annual data on health care for patients with mental disorders.

“Once again, our report shows that too many Americans are suffering, and far too many are not receiving the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives,” said Paul Gionfri, CEO of MHA.

Moreover, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression alone had a price tag of nearly $210.5 billion in 2010; numbers are higher when illnesses like schizophrenia, anxiety and autism are added to the equation.

Based on annual data in the MHA report, six out of ten people diagnosed with major depression did not receive treatment, Fox News reported.

Additionally, forensic psychologists have suggested, based on other research by MHA, that lack of treatment for a mental illness can drastically increase the risk of incarceration.

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The states were also ranked based on best health care for those with mental disorders by the MHA, with Connecticut ranking at number one.

On the other hand, Nevada was ranked as the worst state for mental health care, while Arizona stood behind Nevada as the second worst.

Sadly enough, MHA’s report concluded that only one mental health professional was available per 1,000 people in states with the fewest work force.

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Amy Brooks is a freelance writer on mental health, lifestyle, and nutrition. Brooks was born in Toledo, Ohio and has a MS in Sociology.